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First Lifeline, Now Broadband Program for Schools and Libraries in the FCC’s Crosshairs

First the new Federal Communications Commission majority revoked the approval of nine companies to become Lifeline providers, a move that will weaken the Lifeline program and widen the digital divide.

The FCC Is Sucking The Life Out Of Lifeline

Chairman Pai is giving lip service to addressing the digital divide, but with no concrete vision of how to support and/or improve the programs the FCC already has in place to address it.

Is This What Transparency Looks Like?

[Commentary] On February 2, new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said, "I want this Commission to be as open and accessible as possible to the American people.

Defending the Indefensible: Chairman Pai’s Lifeline Reversal Will Widen the Digital Divide

[Commentary] To my great surprise and delight, the recent move by the Federal Communications Commission's new majority to revoke the designations of nine companies as Lifeline providers has provoked a firestorm in the press, on social media, and o

When the Pai FCC Abandons the Public Interest, Who You Gonna Call?

On February 6, 2017, Andrew Jay Schwartzman – the Benton Senior Counselor at the Public Interest Communications Law Project at Georgetown University Law Center's Institute for Public Representation – appeared before the US Court of Appeals for the

Community Anchor Institutions and Residential Broadband Adoption

[Commentary] The Internet is driving innovation in community and economic development, education, health care, and government services. But residential broadband adoption1 has stalled.

Benton Troubled By FCC's Transparency About Face

The “E-rate Modernization Progress Report” tells a powerful story of how pragmatic FCC policies are playing a vital role in extending gigabit broadband to every school, Wi-Fi to every classroom, and opportunity to every child.

Making the FCC Transparent Again

Since the 2016 elections, we have been looking at the people who will have the greatest impact on telecommunications and media policy in Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission.

Benton Foundation Welcomes FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

The Benton Foundation is pleased to see that the top priority of new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is accelerating broadband deployment and closing the digital divide. The Benton Foundation shares the same priority.

Make America First in Broadband Again

I sent a letter to President Donald Trump and leaders both in Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission. Just as ten years ago when Benton Foundation Founder Charles Benton called on then-President George W.